She’s taking a leisurely stroll through her neighbourhood having just spent some time with her cousins. As they chat they braided her hair into intricate designs, mathematically mapped onto her head. She is walking towards someone. He’s wearing an eye-catching outfit made with materials, similar to hers, material woven and positioned to limit the effects of ‘saccadic’ eye movements , or the everyday rapid eye flickering, that cause our eyes to go momentarily blind to things and thwart our concept of time. They see each other, at just the right time. They sit for the ceremony, feasting on the sound of fine-tuned instruments designed with algorithmic precision to lift everyone’s spirit and help each person learn more about themselves and each other.
We live in a world informed by mathematical logic that supports the infinite potential to scale or to contract with the help of feedback loops and as the need arises; to do so deliberately and structurally, using geometrics like rectangles within rectangles, spheres within spheres, triangles within triangles x infinity. To do so individually, yet collectively, intentionally, artistically, logically, iteratively and recursively, in a linear but cyclical way that is informed by conscious knowledge systems. Life is lived at the intersection of mathematics, science, technology, art and community, influenced by the African continent  that use base two arithmetic, which informs the binary code 1 and 0 used to develop digital technology today .
Reflecting on the past in the present for the future
The way we live in the present should be informed by how we lived in the past, yet as we move forward we rarely reflect. Digital technology is non-linear, but most of our story-telling still takes linear form. A beginning, a middle and an end.
The Manual: A story we tell ourselves
- The evolution of human consciousness: Science and technology helps us to understand our sense of being and our relationship to all life.
In our world, markets and technology do not guide us but instead the intention and desire to understand who we not only individually but collectively inform our decisions. We become more empathetic, moving away from fear; developing our consciousness of life.
- Decisions at the individual and global level consider cause and effect individually and globally
A simplistic conceptualisation of the universal law of cause and effect states that whatever someone does will have consequences for them and for some else at some point in time . In our world, there is a collective understanding that both your intention and what you do determines what happens to you and to others. We seek balance.
- Interconnected and Interdependent: Anyone, anywhere, can contribute to answers
In our world, research is everyone’s domain. Thought experiments abound. We do not keep our ideas and expertise to ourselves because we rest knowing we take care of each other. We teach and we learn; we learn and we teach. Today interdisciplinary research is important for finding solutions to pressing global problems in our interconnected world.
- Science is a servant to life
In our world, science is advanced based on what we want our best life to be. Technology isn’t developed simply because we can develop it. Technology is designed and used to serve the ecosystem of life.
They jump up to join in the party; swinging to the music in the here and in the now. I join them. We are free, yet we are one.
A lit satellite view reflects her patterned braids
Centralised but decentralised,
We create like Picasso ; simple yet complex,
All seen; but anonymised,
Borders blur, space is reconceptualised,
Time moves slowly.
Relaxed in discomfort,
Joyfully, and humbly resolved,
Let’s meet outside.
- Eglash, R., (1999) African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
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- Bruce, R.R. (1988), The Law of Karma and the Principle of Causation. Philosophy East and West, 38(4): p. 399.
- McGee, J (2007), Primitivism on Trial: The “Picasso and Africa” Exhibition in South Africa. Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, 52(2007): p. 161-167.